"Attacks against the press are an enormous political irresponsibility": Article 19
Less than 24 hours after murder of a journalist in Mexico, the sixth so far this year, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador described several journalists as "mercenaries" and made attacks against the salaries of famous communicators.
“Attacks against press they are an enormous political irresponsibility, when they have the obligation to call for peace and find solutions through openness to criticism so that the attacks against journalists cease”, said the director for Mexico and Central America of the NGO Article 19, Leopold Maldonado.
As recently as Thursday, the reporter Heber Lopez was shot dead inside his recording studio in the southern state of Oaxaca, becoming the sixth journalist murdered so far this yearaccording to the count of Reporters Without Borders (RSF).
and although Lopez Obrador assured, during his morning press conference that there will be no impunity for López's crime, in his speech he again attacked the press.
The leader criticized by name Enrique Krauze, Héctor Aguilar Camín and Carlos Loret de Mola, who in their midst Latinus revealed that a son of the president, Jose Ramon Lopez Beltranlived in 2019 in a house in Houston, Texas, owned by a contractor for Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex).
“The mafia of power hid for a long time the salaries of these famous journalists, who they are not like youthey are hit-and-run journalists that the big media companies have,” said the president.
Maldonado considered that Mexico “is experiencing lethal violence against the press, of unprecedented proportions and what we would expect from the Mexican government is a public condemnation. But there is not, there is no will to have a contingency plan”.
He recalled that the confrontation of Lopez Obrador with the press has been constant, and even, on June 30, 2021, a section was inaugurated in his morning conference where the attacks on the press have intensified.
"Trendentious", "corrupt" "unfair" "yellow" "conservative” are just some of the expressions that the president has released to the press during his government.
His statements have been condemned by organizations such as the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), Human Rights Watch, Reporters Without Borders, the Inter-American Press Association or the Committee to Protect Journalists, who have even accused the president of an abuse of power by slandering and insulting the press from his position.
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